James Bond Film Reviews

Connor Tyszka, Guest Writer

The first James Bond movie, Dr. No was released 55 years ago in 1962. Since that time, many actors have played the iconic MI6 agent. This is a look at those actors and, in my opinion, their best performance in a Bond movie.

Sean Connery – Diamonds are Forever (1971) Sean Connery has acted in six official Bond movies – Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever. Diamonds Are Forever, was released after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Connery had walked away from the franchise after his 5th portrayal of Bond. He returned for Diamonds are Forever. The acting and directing in this film is excellent. The opening of the movie seems to be a direct follow up to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, with Bond looking to settle a score. Sit back and enjoy one of Connery’s best Bond movies! 8/10

George Lazenby – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) A little known actor, George Lazenby, played James Bond for one film in 1969. In this film, you’ll find a great Bond girl. She is strong and can defend herself. The cinematography is fantastic and ages fairly well. Additionally, the score is one of the best out of all of the Bond movies. 10/10 Roger Moore – For Your Eyes Only (1981) Roger Moore acted in seven James Bond movies. Most agree he overstayed the role. This was his fifth film in the franchise. While many of Moore’s Bonds are campy and humorous, this film has serious undertones. It goes on a little longer than it should have, but overall, well done. 8.5/10

Timothy Dalton – License to Kill (1989) Timothy Dalton portrayed James Bond in only two movies. License to Kill was his second film. Due to legal wrangling, films were postponed and once settled, he felt he was too old to play Bond again. This was the first Bond film that needed to be cut so that it could be rated PG-13 rather than R. It was a serious dark turn for the Bond franchise. Carey Lowell plays Pam Bouvier, a CIA Agent who works with Bond. Robert Davi portrays the villain, Sanchez. He is very convincing! 10/10

Pierce Brosnan – Die Another Day (2002) This film begins with Bond as a tortured prisoner in North Korea. However, in usual Bond fashion, it quickly turns to the ridiculous as Bond hunts for a super villain throughout the globe. He makes his way to an Ice Palace in Iceland. This film includes Halle Berry and Madonna, gene therapy, a giant mirror laser and an invisible car. The ridiculous goes over the top, sit back enjoy it. 6/10

Daniel Craig – Casino Royale (2006) This movie is based on Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel. This was Daniel Craig’s first time playing James Bond. He plays him as a more somber and reserved Bond. You’re never quite sure what he’s thinking. This time around, the action scenes are more believable – no invisible cars or lasers. Bond is set to stop a terrorist financier, Le Chiffre played by Mads Mikkelsen, by playing a high stakes poker game. Judi Dench returns as M, mildly fed up with Bond and his unconventional methods. Great introduction of a new Bond! 9.5/10